From cities and anchor institutions to corporate clients, Steven brings a data​-​driven, results​-​focused, and collaborative approach to all of his engagements, leveraging his experience in strategy creation, implementation​,​ and relationship development.

His expertise includes: economic development, strategy creation, policy analysis, placemaking, innovation districts, anchor institutions, public-private partnerships, finance and incentives, real estate development, land use and zoning, knowledge dissemination, place branding, and public speaking.

Jerusalem Economic Development Strategy; Jerusalem

Developed strategy to ensure long-term competitiveness, resulting in a billion shekels for implementation from the Israeli government

Denver Shared and Inclusive Prosperity Strategy; Denver

Developed an engagement framework and strategy, on behalf of Mayor Hancock, for inclusive economic development and prosperity initiatives

Inter-American Development Bank; Washington, D.C.

Created a series of case study insights and best practices for growing the “orange (creative and knowledge) economy” in Latin America

Metro Portland Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy; Portland

Guided a comprehensive economic development strategy centered on the principles of economic growth, resilience, and equity

Newark Economic Development Strategy and Recovery Plan; Newark

Fashioned an economic development strategy and recovery plan for the City of Newark, including an action plan for the Newark Alliance

City of Tucson Economic Development Strategic Plan; Tucson

Developed an economic development strategic plan, centered on equity and leveraging the city’s multicultural assets

City of Scottsdale Economic Development Strategic Plan; Scottsdale

Crafted an economic development strategic plan, centered on resiliency and destination development

San Diego-Tijuana Bi-National Policy Recommendations; San Diego

Developed and presented policies for cross-border collaboration to the U.S. Depts. of Commerce, State, and Homeland Security

Northwest Arkansas and State of Arkansas Economic Post COVID-19 Recovery Plans; Bentonville

Collaborated with team of leading academics, economists and practitioners to author future-looking economic recovery plans for both Northwest Arkansas and the State of Arkansas

City of Houston Economic Development Marketing and Messaging Platform; Houston

Created a competitive identity and messaging platform to guide Houston’s economic development and destination marketing

City of Greenville Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan; Greenville

Lead the creation of a five-year economic development strategy and action plan to guide the city’s business attraction and retention efforts

Northwest Arkansas Council Regional Strategy and Action Plan; Bentonville

Crafted a five-year regional strategy for NWA, addressing the challenges of growth, talent attraction/ retention, startup development and more

City of Guelph Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan; Guelph

Crafted a five-year economic development strategy and action plan

Town of Milton Economic Development Strategic Plan; Milton

Developed a five-year economic development strategic plan, including organizational and resource assessment

City of Mesquite Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan; Mesquite

Developed a five-year economic development strategy and implementation plan, positioning Mesquite for growth in North Texas

City of Brookings Economic Development Comprehensive Plan; Brookings

Created a comprehensive economic development plan to encourage greater cooperation among the City’s economic and workforce development partners

Downtown Austin Economic Recovery Keynote; Austin

Led Downtown Austin Alliance Board of Directors through a session to explore the impact of COVID-19 on future placemaking and downtown Austin

Texas Economic Development Association Keynote; Austin

Offered keynote address for the Texas Economic Development Association, outlining strategic principles for building a more inclusive Texas

Texas Municipal League Conference Keynote ; Austin

Offered keynote presentation for the Texas Municipal league, offering recovery strategies for Texas cities

Destination Tulsa 2020; Tulsa

Generated, in partnership with Resonance Consultancy, a competitive identity and plan to attract investment – business, talent, and visitors

Distrito Purísima-Alameda Urban Development Strategy; Monterrey

Produced a district plan for Distrito Purísima-Alameda and an anchor strategy for U-ERRE

Art Basel Cities; Buenos Aires

Evaluated Buenos Aries’ creative industries and developed go-to-market strategies for Art Basel Cities festival

Quad Cities Competitive Identity and Marketing Strategy; Davenport

Created a competitive identity for the attraction of investment and talent to the Quad Cities

Lynchburg Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan; Lynchburg

Produced economic development approach and implementation plan, focusing on inclusion and equity

South Bend-Elkhart Regional Identity and Marketing Plan; South Bend

Created, in collaboration with Resonance Consultancy, a regional identity for improving corporate and talent attraction

Boerne-Kendall County Economic Development and Innovation Roadmap; Boerne

Crafted a five-year economic development action plan and innovation roadmap for Borene-Kendall County (supported by UT-Austin’s IC2)

Prince George Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan; Prince George

Developed a five-year economic development strategy and implementation plan, including a competitive assessment

Columbia River Economic Development Strategic Plan; Vancouver

Advanced, in partnership with Leland Consulting Group, a five-year strategic plan for targeted economic growth

Bozeman Economic Development Marketing Strategy; Bozeman

Developed, in partnership with Bridge Consulting, an economic development marketing strategy and cluster profiles

Coeur d’Alene’s Economic Development Strategy and Master Plan; Coeur d’Alene

Devised economic development assessment and strategy to support the Coeur d’Alene’s community master plan

Ruidoso, New Mexico  Economic Development and Tourism Assessment; Ruidoso

Executed, in collaboration with Bridge Consulting, an economic development and tourism assessment

Big Sky Montana Community Marketing Profile; Big Sky

Created, in collaboration with Bridge Consulting, a community marketing profile for corporate and talent attraction

Stayton, Oregon Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan; Stayton

Authored, in partnership with Bridge Consulting, a five-year strategic plan for targeted economic growth

Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) Strategic Advising; Austin

Served as an advisor/keynote speaker for the RECA’s policy efforts for influencing for Austin’s CodeNEXT program

Salmon Arm Competitive Identity and Economic Development Strategy; Salmon Arm

Crafted, in partnership with Resonance Consultancy, a community competitive identity and five-year economic development strategy

NYCEDC Jamaica Queens Neighborhood Branding and Placemaking; New York

Detailed, in partnership with Resonance Consultancy, a community branding and placemaking approach

Yukon Innovative Economy Strategy; Whitehouse

Assessed the Yukon’s creative and innovation economy, resulting in short- and long-term recommendations

CareerSource Suncoast State of Talent Conference; Sarasota

Featured as keynote conference speaker for Florida’s “State of Talent Conference,” offering thought leadership and best practices on talent attraction and retention

The Erie Community Foundation; Erie

Designed and implemented a community indicators dashboard to track Erie’s economic progress, talent and skill improvements, and quality of life enhancements

Newark Creative and Cultural Assessment; Newark

Outlined Newark’s creative and cultural assets, leading to improved support programs for creative businesses

Eugene Industry and Talent Assessment; Eugene

Developed industry and talent cluster forecast, improving attraction efforts and workforce programs

Southwestern Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) Community Engagement; Dayton

Delivered the Dayton Creative Communities Leadership Program, a yearlong initiative aimed at retaining talent

Knight Foundation Creative Communities Leadership Program; Miami and Various U.S. Cities

Created scalable community engagement program for the Foundation’s 23 investment communities

Portland-Vancouver Economic Development Strategy; Portland

Fashioned private-sector strategy for advancing area industry priorities and attracting/retaining talent

Washington, D.C. Talent Assessment and Strategy; Washington, D.C.

Authored talent study, creating a dialogue about workforce issues and leading to new community college programs

Federal Realty Investment Trust White Flint Sector Plan; Bethesda

Convened developers, elected officials, CEOs, and economic development practitioners to revisit the White Flint Sector Development Plan (Bethesda and Rockville, MD), resulting in a white paper outlining key priorities for igniting development

EDENS Inclusive Prosperity Framework; Washington, D.C.

Fashioned anchor development framework for Union Market, a large scale urban redevelopment project, including procurement priorities, placemaking, and neighborhood outreach

Silverstein Properties; New York

Developed a destination and development strategy, in collaboration with Resonance Consultancy, for a large-scale , mixed-use regional entertainment center

FIU Miami Urban Future Initiative Strategy; Miami

Created strategy for the Miami Urban Future Initiative, resulting in $1.2 million in funding from the Knight Foundation 

Kaufman Astoria Studios District Development Strategy; New York

Guided Kaufman Astoria Studios and its partners on the creation of an innovative and creative industries district in Queens, New York

Stephen F. Austin University Anchor Engagement Strategy; Nacogdoches

Crafted, in partnership with LBJ graduates, an anchor engagement strategy for SFA, outlining ways for boosting development in Deep East Texas

University of Texas Permian Basin Anchor Engagement Strategy; Midland-Odessa

Developed, in partnership with LBJ graduates, an anchor strategy for UTPB, offering insights for leading regional engagement

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation Redevelopment and Revisioning Workshop; Calgary

Led CMLC Board of Directors through a workshop to consider the impact of COVID-19 on future placemaking and redevelopment

Portland State University Workforce Development Alignment; Portland

Consulted with Portland State University leadership on a plan to align the University’s degree offering with regional workforce needs

University of Texas at Arlington Engagement Plan; Arlington

Advised UTA President James Spaniolo, as a Visiting Scholar, on how to strengthen the University’s regional position as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship

Philadelphia Inclusive Prosperity Engagement Strategy; Philadelphia

Created, in collaboration with Richard Florida, an inclusive prosperity engagement strategy for regional anchors: University City Science Center, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University

Delaware Economic Recovery Keynote and Recommendations; Dover

Offered keynote and strategic advice about economic recovery to Delaware  Technical College

Creative Industries Study and Belas Artes University Engagement Plan; Sao Paulo

Authored creative industries report, leading to curriculum review and engagement plan for Brazil’s largest design school

Utah Urban Land Institute Trends Conference; Salt Lake City

Served as keynote speaker for the Utah ULI Trends conference, presenting a message about the importance of inclusive development

CEDIM Masters of Business Innovation Program; Monterrey and Mexico City

Worked with CEDIM leadership to develop and scale Masters program across Mexico and serve as a professor

Noosa Australia Creative Economy Assessment and Growth Strategy; Noosa

Consulted with Stockwell Properties and regional government on urban and community development strategies

Emaar Properties Community Engagement; Vancouver

Led, in partnership with Emaar, community visioning and masterplan workshops with First Nation communities

Converse Creative Class Marketing; Boston

Crafted Jack Purcell go-to-market plan, focusing on four U.S. markets, London, and Beijing

Kraft Peanut Butter Community Activation Plan; Toronto

Developed, in partnership with Edelman, Kraft’s community activation plan, including target cities, partners, and messaging

Starwood Hotel Site Selection Strategy; New York

Provided site selection strategy for 15 global locations and curated content for the “creative class” consumer

Downtown Project and Zappos Community Engagement; Las Vegas

Advised Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh and city officials on strategies for redeveloping downtown Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil Site Selection Assessment; Montreal

Advised on North America target markets, leading to company’s “most successful site strategy for performances”

Prudential; Newark

Consulted on future growth scenarios and projections for urbanization, including city needs and challenges

Audi Community and Urban Engagement; New York

Partnered in the creation of the Audi Urban Future Initiative, a program to improve urban mobility

LE Luxury Travel; Miami

Delivered a series of industry workshops, for connecting luxury travel brands to the “creative class” consumer

Pinewood Studios Site Selection Study; London

Guided one of the world’s largest film studios on the impact of creative clusters, resulting in locational insights

Genentech Global Leadership Forum; San Francisco

Offered executive education sessions about the importance of location to personal and business growth

Philips Livable Cities Award; Amsterdam

Created, in partnership with CNN, award program to improve the urban resident health, resulting in 450 entries from 29 countries

onefinestay Site Selection; London

Informed onefinestay’s organizational and marketing strategy for targeting the “creative class” consumer

BMW Creative Class Marketing Strategy; Washington, D.C.

Informed, in collaboration with GSD&M, the “Idea Class” campaign, hailed as “one of its most successful ad campaigns for BMW”